"Elixir" is a 30"x30" oil painting on canvas. There is a hanging wire on the back.
An elixir is a magical substance with healing powers. Think of the Elixir of Life in Harry Potter that allowed Nicolas Flamel to live for 500 years.
I think so often there is this attractiveness to the "elixirs" in life. Those quick fixes or miracle solutions that will solve our problems with little to no effort on our part. Pills to lose weight. Pills to fix the attention span. Get rich quick schemes. The perfect non-stick frying pan.
Putting in the work can be hard and take a long time, so that elixir looks like a tempting option.
But so often, it's fake.
Mr. Pirelli's Miracle Elixir in Sweeney Todd was supposed to make one's hair grow. But as pointed out by Mr. Todd and Mrs. Lovett, it's piss and ink.
Mr. Pirelli and his young lad capitalize on the fears and insecurities of the crowd to market their elixir.
And this happens to be the elixir that I'm putting on the market. I want my paintings to bring joy into people's lives. I know that I can't actually fix the problems in your life with my artwork. That would be a miracle indeed. But maybe, just maybe, having a bright piece of artwork in your home or office or anywhere in your life could be the thing that brings a smile to your face each day.